Thursday, 27 June 2013

Great Spotted Woodpecker sighting and Green Woodpecker photo

Stephen Maxwell rang Flapline this morning and headed straight to Craigavad and secured the pwize winning photograph. You should never write off those Nobirders, they know where it is at!

In Co.Down: After 2 years of non stop Moth Trapping Andrew has finally found a decent bird! A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen near Crossgar by Andrew. Andrew has high hopes for an Upland Sandpiper this autumn, lets hope it turns up in one of his 52 moth traps around Murlough! Andrew doesnt hold out much hope for finding a Green Woodpecker he thinks the Nobirds / Flapline report was a complete load of bo**%%%s or words to that effect.

NIBirding Thursday 27th June

A few snaps of the Little Gulls at Lady Bay!

Bird News: The male Ring Necked Duck was back at Oxford Island, still looking very odd!

But the big news by Flapline was yet another Green Woodpecker at Craigavad!!!! Those Nobirders they are class. It hasn't appeared on their blog, very strange? Perhaps its just the normal power struggle!! Certainly helps the case for the Scrawny Owl blown in those easterly winds, i wonder are there Green Woodpeckers on the Isle of Man?

Thanks to Ronald Surgenor for these two photos

Two Kittiwakes and 2 Sandwhich Tern courtesy of Ian Dickey, Kittiwakes are not really a gull are they?

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

NIBirding Wednesday 26th June

 Thanks to Ian Dickey for the first four photos from Ramore Head featuring all action shots of an Arctic Skua and a Manx Shearwater

Bird News: This morning the female Marsh Harrier was still at Portmore Lough RSPB Reserve. The Harrier was first seen yesterday (per Amy Burns) The Whooper Swan and 3 Reed Warbler were also present
Also this morning there are now 3 Little Gulls at Lady Bay including a stunning summer plumage adult. It is a looker, the 2 first summers also remain

An Arctic Skua and a Red Throated Diver were off Portmuck, Larne (G. McGeehan)

 Thanks To Stephen Maxwell for the fine selection of Deer and Flower photos, im glad we just dont do Bird photos only!

 Topping it off nicely on the non bird front are these Blue Damselflys by Christine Cassidy

 Thanks again to Cecil Henning for the final 3 photos of the Yellow Wagtail

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

NIBirding Tuesday 25th June

Thanks to Cecil Henning for these photos of the Yellow Wagtail

Bird News, there was no sign of the Ring Necked Duck at Oxford Island. So no bird news then!

Two photos of the Little Gulls at Lady Bay, one has salmon pink legs and one bright red. It must be a Bonapartes x Little Gull hybrid!

Thanks to Bill Guiller for these Hen Harrier photos from the Antrim Hills. Bill has photographed all four Harriers in Antrim Hills!

Thanks to Christine Cassidy for this all action shot!
 Thanks to Cecil Henning for these 3 Buteo Buteo photos!

 These are adorable and they taste good according to the Chef! Andrew Poots kindly sent us these from his garden!

What can you say about this photo by Ronald Surgenor? It even appears to be wearing a little bow tie! Thanks Ronald

Monday, 24 June 2013

NIBirding Monday 24th June

 Thanks to Bill Guiller for these 3 photos of the Montagues Harrier from the Antrim Hills. Bill has now found Montagues Harrier and Pallid Harrier in the Antrim Hills!

Bird News:
In Co.Armagh: The highlight from the weekend was the male Yellow Wagtail singing at McKews Cabragh Mushroom Plant near Tandragee on Friday and Saturday

A male Ring Necked Duck was at Kinnegoe Bay Oxford Island. I sauntered down myself last night after Majella made me wash both cars!, and this bird is extremely odd, one side of its flanks is dark grey and the other a light grey. The bill pattern is unusual as well as there is only a pale white line around the edge. Why this is i dont know, maybe its in moult but it had no obvious signs of this

In Co.Down: An adult Meditterean Gull and 5 Storm Petrel were off Ballyquintin Point, Outer Ards (Keith Bennett)
A Little Gull was at Belfast Lough RSPB Reserve

In Co.Antrim: At Ramore Head yesterday an Arctic Skua, Bonxie and Storm Petrel
were seen as well as la rge numbers of Manx Shearwaters (Ian Dickey et al)

In Co.Londonderry: A first summer Grey Plover was at Myroe

 Thanks to Neal Warnock for these two photos of the Montys Harrier

 Thanks to Alistair Prentice for these two crackers of the Yellow Wagtail. The bird was constantly singing and favored sitting on the steaming plies of manure! Alastair runs a facebook page Bird Photgraphers of Northern Ireland so if you takes photos drop by for a look.

 Thanks to Ronald Surgenor for these 3 photos of the Ring Necked Duck at Oxford Island

Thanks to Iris Millar for this class looking Drinker Moth Caterpillar. It almost does not look real!